Gas Test Atmospheres

This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to test the working atmosphere, using electronic test apparatus, to find out if it is safe for the proposed work.


  • MSMWHS217 - Gas Test Atmospheres

Course Content:

  • Identifying scope and OHS requirements 
  • Risk identification and Management
  • Types of gas detectors
  • interpreting reading
  • PPE

Course Outline:

Working environment may be hazardous, unpredictable, subject to time pressure, chaotic and expose responders to risk, on land or water, by day or night. Workplace atmospheres may include visible and invisible hazards and hazardous surfaces.

The unit is suitable for use in the following situations:

confined spaces
enclosed and partially enclosed spaces
hot work
storage tanks, silos, pits, pipes, shafts, ducts, transport vehicles and ships
testing as part of issuing a work permit
monitoring as part of working under a work permit
open areas
holding the gas tester by hand
lowering the gas tester into a space, e.g. on a line.

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